Tring Park parkrun #239 – Windy!

Very strong winds affected parkrun this week as well as the Ashridge Boundary Trail run where a lot of our regulars were competing. We still had 223 enthusiastic runners in Tring Park on Saturday morning however.

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The Didcot runners trio, 1st 2nd and 4th!

We welcomed 20 first timers to Tring this week with just 1 person running her first parkrun, well done to Caroline Lambert. We hope you enjoyed your first parkrun experience. We also welcomed a trio of from Didcot runners, great running put them into three of the top four fastest finishers. Well done and we hope to see you again to try for a PB.

A huge thank you to this weeks’ volunteers who braved the weather to make the run happen Benjamin BUNN, Chris LEA, Clare MURPHY, Dominic CECERE, Edward CRANE, Isobel MONKS, Jonathan SARTIN, Lucy BUNN, Marcus BIRCH, Michael PEMBERTON, Noah ROGER, Oliver WEST, Phil ROGER, Richard MURPHY, Robert NORRIS, Roberto CECERE, Ron YAXLEY, Sylvia PEMBERTON, Thomas PAGE and Vicky LEA. If you would like to volunteer please go the Volunteer Rosta page on our website select your preferred role and email in to tringhelpers@parkrun.com full support and training will be given.

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Well done to Brett Moorcroft on his 50th.

We had 4 milestones this week with Michael Casingena and Billy Martin achieving 10 runs to get their Junior shirts. We also had Ben Shaw and Brett Moorcroft achieving their 50’s and junior Oscar Evans running his 100th parkrun. Congratulations to you all and we look forward to seeing you in your new t-shirts.

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Clare crossing the line in a sub 34 minute PB.

It was a great week for PBs with 20 people beating their previous best times. Congratulations to Michael CAVE, Dominic CECERE, Anna SHARP, Philippa STORR, Martin O'NEILL, Jason TAYLOR, Dominic CURTIS, Tom CURTIS, Rosie BLUNDELL, Amelie BUNN, Ellen WAKE, Mike HOLDROYD, Gill SHARMAN, Finn DONOVAN, Chrissie HERBERT, Luciana WALKER, Clare MURPHY, Jacob LEA, Richard LEA, Rose SHERIDAN, Tiana MOORCROFT, Angela PECK, Rowan CAVE, Deborah CAVE and Pip THOMAS.

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Amelie and the PB bell!

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And Philippa!

First across the line this week for the ladies was Claire Hallissey in 22:16 followed Zoe Chamberlain in an aesthetically pleasing 24:24, with Anna sharp next on 25:19 and a new PB. For the men first timer Michael Suggate was fastest with a time of 19:19 followed by Christopher Moffat, also a first timer in 20:16 and regular Paul Myatt in 20:55.

And now your round of our regular stats

Billy Martin earned his 10 shirt
Brett Moorcroft and Ben Shaw achieved their 50 shirts
Oscar Evans achieved his 100 shirt
3 PBs in 3 weeks for Tom Curtis, 2 in 2 for Pip Thomas, Philippa Storr and Chrissie Herbert
In addition, 3 PBs in last 3 appearances for Anna Sharp
We almost had a baker’s half dozen with this week’s most numerous surname being 5 Bunns
Surnames saw the 800th Evans appearance, the 500th Patterson, 100th Bowen
300th time we have seen a Dominic and the 50th for the names Ruth, Eddie and Jenny
James was the most seen name with 6 and for the females, Lucy, Helen, Rosie and Sarah were tied on 3 each
1st time we have seen the name Thilanee
1st time we have seen Tavistock AC
We have never seen more than 1 runner from Didcot Runners and this week we had 3 in our fastest 4!
Of those who have run 5 times at Tring, biggest PB improvements for Rose Sheridan (3:44), Jacob Lea (2:11), Richard Lea (2:07), Tiana Moorcroft (1:42), Amelie Bunn (1:32) and Angela Peck (1:10)

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And lastly my picture of the week, Amelie and mum Elaine holding up the finish line sign.

Well done to all those that ran this week, for a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/results/latestresults/
For news , photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun .

If you would like to volunteer please email tringhelpers@parkrun.com with a preferred role or any offer of assistance and we will add you to future rosters.

Thank you and see you on Saturday.

Richard Murphy
Run Director

 

Bumper Edition – #237 & #238

This week we have a Bumper edition of the Run Report.

Starting with parkrun#238 - International Women's Day

This Saturday we celebrated International Women's Day and being I was proud to be RD this week celebrating with the other 10.700 female parkrunners who have volunteered in the role of RD a massive combination of a total of 130,471 times.

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We welcomed 207 runners of which 19 first timers took on the Tring winter course and an amazing 22 PB's on what could be described as damp conditions. We had three clubs that we hadn't seen before included Reepham Runners, S4F Triathlon squad and High Sheriff of Oxon Challenge Richardsons

On this day we celebrated the 50th parkruns of Jose Hetherington and Caludia Selina, along with doing it for the boys Eddy Haddock, Luke Cobby and Max Elder earning their 10 shirts and Ben Patterson achieved his 100 shirt.

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Jose with husband Andrew both getting PB's

For the observant parkrunner you may have noticed Claudia running on Saturday in a blue tutu which was the raise awareness for Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) as Claudia herself suffers with multiple sclerosis. Claudia has become an ambassador for OMS which is a non-profit organisation, which raises awareness about evidence based diet and lifestyle interventions that can improve health outcomes in people with MS.

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Claudia with our wonderful marshal Rachel

In Claudia's words "OMS gave me hope and positivity that I could make changes to the lifestyle I was leading for a better health outcome. Since following the OMS programme, I have been healthier than ever before and it made me reconnect with running and finding parkrun. Mental health is hugely important and a healthier body leads to a healthier and stronger mind to enable you to deal with this curve ball that MS is.
I am now one of the two ambassadors for the Hertfordshire circle and encourage everyone with MS to join their local circle. If you sign up on https://overcomingms.org/community/find-support/ you will find lots of local support to help you with this unpredictable condition. And as part of parkrun's PROVE project, there is also a great and inspiring community on Facebook for runners with MS. We have superquick sprinters amongst us, as well as MSers participating in their wheelchairs or solely by volunteering - everyone is welcome. Please pass on the news to anyone you know who is affected by MS."

parkrun #238 super stats

Kay Ison, Tony Hart and Tom Curtis recorded their 2nd PBs in 2 weeks

Deborah Lea achieved her 4th PB in her last 4 appearances and Leyton Bowen 3 in 3

Julian Crane becomes the 78th person to run 78 times at Tring

Helen Page was away running a 50k ultra and so after 21 weeks, Holly Bunn becomes the final remaining member of our Year 5 100% club!

Helen’s sequence of 34 Tring parkruns in a row becomes the 4th longest ever sequence. Holly’s current 25 in a row, which is our current longest, sits just outside the all-time top10 for sequences.

Robinson was the most seen surname with 4

Chris, Richard and Paul were the most seen name with 5 each and 4 Emmas heading up the females

50th time we have seen the names Damien and Marcus

1st time we have seen 3 Angelas and 1st time we have seen the names Allie and Nichola

Minute 30 was the most popular with 17 runners

Of those who have run 5 times at Tring, biggest PB improvements for Justin Read (1:28), Tricia Shacklock (1:22), Martin Donnelly (0:50), Kay Ison(0:48) and Peter Lilley (0:34)

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Last Saturday we welcomed 201 runners of which 21 where first timers with 31 PB's on the Tring Winter course.

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Lucy showing us how to fall in style

We have news of a new addition to the Tring parkrun family, you may have noticed that RD's Anna and Ross have been missing for a number of weeks. Well we are pleased to announce the birth of Jesscia Matilda Lambert and we are looking forward to seeing Ross and Anna doing a spot of buggy running.

We also celebrated Colin Hamnett achieving his 50 shirt and Howard Lambert achieving his 100 shirt.

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Howard on his 100th

#237 Super Stats

Christine Dennis recorded her 3rd PB in 3 weeks

Also 6 PBs in 6 appearances for Mike Holdroyd and 4 in 4 for Hayley Hyde

John Manning recorded the 5th fastest ever time (22:58) for the VM65-69 age category and Pauline Siddons recorded the 2nd fastest ever time (29:42) in the VW70-74 age category

We saw the surnames Young and Cooper for the 100th time and we also saw the name Melanie for the 100th time

1st time we have seen the names Anja, Pip and Peggy

Sarah, Richard, Daniel and Tom were the most numerous names with 4 each

Minute 25 was this week’s most popular minute

3 runners from Maidenhead AC broke their club’s attendance record

Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest improvers were William Ireson (6:23), Christine Dennis (2:24), Rebecca Mullen (2:19), Andrew Pennell (1:47), Charlotte Utting (1:01)

Of those who have run 5 times at Tring, biggest PB improvements for Billy Martin (4:21), Simon Cobby (1:43), Mike Holdroyd (1:04), Daniel Jones (1:02), Toby Wastling (0:58), Kayleigh Gray (0:55) and Dominic Curtis (0:54)

I hope you have enjoyed the read

See you tomorrow

Katie RD

 

Tring Park parkrun #236 – The Foggy one

We arrived this week to a very foggy Tring Park despite the recent February weather giving us some record breaking temperatures and glorious sunshine. It wasn’t all gloom though as this week we heard that Anna and Ross Lambert announced the birth of baby Jessica. Anna and Ross are regular Tring park runners and volunteers and part of the RD team. Congratulations to you both and a big parkrun welcome to Jessica.

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A very foggy finish line.

We welcomed 26 first timers to Tring this week with 7 people running their first ever parkrun. Lets’ hope we see you back soon to go for your first PB. Not sure if it was due to the school half term but 5 of the 7 first timers were under 14! Great to see the juniors getting involved.
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A very busy start line
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A very youthful finish line crew.

A huge thank you to this weeks’ volunteers Clare Murphy, Dominic Cecere, Edward Crane, Howard Lambert, Isobel Monks, Izzy BROOKES, James Elphinstone, James Foskett, James Maple, Janice Lorimer, Julian Crane, Katie Haines, Marcus Birch, Oliver West, Patrick McLoughlin, Richard Alcock, Richard Murphy, Robert Alcock, Roberto Cecere, Samuel Fryer, Sarah Foskett, Shelley Deverall-Roberts, Thomas Page and Tom Foley. We had a great finish line crew with predominantly DoE volunteers who did a great job making with timing and scanning. Although we did have some issues with the results later in the morning which did take some sorting out. All good now though!

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Juliet and husband Greg in her 100 tabard and on the finish line with son Ben.

Just two milestones this week with Juliet Mitchell running her 100th parkrun and Adeline Lawley completing her 50th. Congratulations to you both and we hope to see you in your shiny new T-Shirts soon.
We had 216 runners this week and despite the foggy conditions there were 41 Personal Bests! First across the line this week for the ladies Zoe Chamberlain in 23:11, with Olivia Clarke next on 23:58 and a new PB followed by Emma Smith in 24:32. For the men Matt Wade was fastest with a new PB of 18:31 followed by Guy Dauncey in 19:59 also with a PB and first timer Lee Cahill in 20:09 and Jhon Cosgrove in 19:13.

And now the infamous Tring parkrun weekly stats!

1). The 3rd time that we have had 2 successive parkruns with the same attendance and each time it has happened, the fastest finisher has been the same in both weeks!
2). 3PBs in 3 weeks for 3 members of the same family so well done to, Deborah, Richard and Jacob Lea.
3). Also 3 PBs in 3 appearances for Lana Dales and Alan Walker
4). Olivia Clarke became our 2nd fastest ever u-11 female with her time of 23:58
5). Surnames – saw Arnold for the 100th time and Reynolds for the 50th
6). Christian Names – 300th Mark, 200th Holly, 100th Brian, 50th Adeline
7). 1st time we have seen 6 Toms at same event
8). 1st time we have seen the names Christof, Linden, Lina
9). Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest improvers were William Ireson (6:23), Christine Dennis (2:24), Rebecca Mullen (2:19), Andrew Pennell (1:47), Charlotte Utting (1:01)
10). Do you suffer from Marchitis? As we leave February, here is a list of runners who have run on the most occasions with us, but have never been seen in March - Greg MITCHELL(79 parkruns), Rosie HIGHTON(44), David MILLS(43), Thomas HANSON(42), Ann-Marie EVANS(41), Oliver PAGE(40), Bethany HANSON(40), Amelie BUNN(40), Paul RICHARDSON(39), Christian HANSON(39)

Well done to all those that ran this week, for a full list of all this weeks’ results please go to http://www.parkrun.org.uk/tring/results/latestresults/

For news , photos, videos and updates don’t forget to visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tringparkrun and you can now follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tringparkrun .

If you would like to volunteer please email tringhelpers@parkrun.com with a preferred role or any offer of assistance and we will add you to future rosters.

Thank you and see you on Saturday.

Richard Murphy
Run Director

 

Tring 235 – Amazing stats and facts

 

Parkrun 235 - 16th February 2019

Did you know February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar? Did you know there are 318 days remaining until the end of the year (319 in leap years)?

Did you know that in the year 600 Pope Gregory the Great decreed that saying "God bless You" is the correct response to a sneeze?

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With Hump Day done and into Thirsty Thursday, we’ll soon be on to the best day of the week Friday (aside of Parkrun Saturday of course!). Friday of course is known to some of us as something else completely, just to say has something to do with poems and leaving work early.

I’m afraid time as has caught with me this week and this report will be (mostly) based on our world-renowned stats.
 

Did you know....?

First off, this week saw a couple of juniors join the ‘10 club' - Dominic Cecere and Jack Brown. Dominic has completed all 10 of his runs at Tring. Jack has completed 9 at Tring and one at Wycombe Rye, Jack also celebrated with a new PB, making that 6 PB’s out of 10 runs.

While we’re on Personal Bests: we had 3 in 3 weeks for Mike Holdroyd (also his fifth in five visits), 2 in 2 for Jack Brown and a great piece of family teamwork with 2 in 2 by Richard, Deborah and Jacob Lea.

In addition, Richard Caseley is on a sequence of 7 PBs in his last 7 Tring visits whilst Rob Firth and Sammi Hicks are on sequences of 3 each and with precision running Anna Cuthbert equaled our JW11-14 record of 21:10.

Next is a stat that you don’t see too often is the fastest finisher to finish wearing one shoe! Is that the fastest or the only one? Either way good effort.

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The mysterious case of the lost running shoe.

 

We’ve waited for a few weeks for this next stat but this week John Mayock recorded our first 20:19 in 2019.

Of all those who have run at Tring, John probably holds the record for having the run the fastest 5k at some point in their life with his time of 13:19 at The Commonwealth Games in 2002. Obviously if any of our regulars have gone faster, please let us know!

Our first 20:19 of 2019 18:10 next week?
John became the first runner in 2019 to record a time of 20:19. He is one of two Olympians running with us at Tring regularly. He represented his country at the 1996 games in Atlanta, the 2000 games in Sydney and the 2004 games in Athens.

 

Paul Crudge becomes the 143rd person to run 50 times at Tring. Who will be our 150th to 50 I wonder?

Tring Parkrunner Jose Hetherington has been organizing monthly touristing trips and this week they were at Cassiobury. As a result our Tring year 5 100% club is now down to just 2 members, just Holly Bunn and Helen Page have been ever present at Tring since our birthday at the beginning of November.

Paul Myatt may regret beating Paul Crudge as it’s Paul C who ran the "1,000th Tring parkrun by a Paul". The name Paul also being the 1st name to reach 1,000 runs. In other name news we saw Michael for the 300th time, Emma for the 200th, Ron for the 100th. (Report writers note, the name Andrew must be up there somewhere!)

We saw 2 Leons. Katharines and Euans for the 2nd time and we also welcomed new names Oakley and Dayo.

It’s not often in February that a minute beats it’s attendance record but that’s what happened to minute 20, ably assisted by some Chiltern Harriers juniors to a total of 12 runners beating the previous 10.

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Great to welcome so many smiling faces from Chiltern Harriers

 

The biggest improver of those who have run more than 5 times at Tring, Deborah Lea (2:18), Christine Dennis (2:11), Oliver Page (1:50), Christopher Ireson (1:45), Talia Williams (1:43) and Oliver Ireson (1:35) and Jack Brown. Jack you’re almost famous, mentioned 3 times in one report!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out and responded to the midweek plea.

Andrew BOOTH, Anna FRYER, Annemarie DE BOOM, Chris NICHOLLS, Claire SHEPHERD, Dominic CECERE, Edward CRANE, Heather PAINTER, Helen PAGE, James ELPHINSTONE, James MAPLE, Kay ISON, Marcus BIRCH, Neil ADCOCK, Nika JACKSON-MOORE, Noah ROGER, Oliver WEST, Paul MYATT, Phil ROGER, Rebecca BOJARSKI, Roberto CECERE, Samuel FRYER, Thomas PAGE, Tom FOLEY

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Essential life skill: packing away a tarp when it's blowing a hooley

 

This week 216 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 26 were first timers and 55 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 18 different clubs took part.

And a final fact

Tring parkrun started on 1st November 2014. Since then 6,920 participants have completed 42,114 parkruns covering a total distance of 210,570 km, which is approximately 5 and quarter times around the world.

Andy Collings

 
 

PS


You can find out more about Tring parkrun and see all of our photographs and videos on our Facebook page here.

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

We encourage all parkrunners to volunteer a few times a year. If you can help on any future date, or would like to find out more about our volunteer and helper roles, please email us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com.

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast.

 
 

  

 

Tring #234, Mud Pie in the middle and an actual Polar Bear

 

Introducing...

This week's run write-up was kindly written by Pippa WHITE, visiting Tring for the first time with her daughter Harriet. Pippa completed her 163rd parkrun at Tring, her 48th different parkrun venue, and has written run reports now an impressive 69 times. This is an extra special report, with a hidden recipe for Sarah's celebratory munchies many enjoyed on Saturday morning!

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Pippa with this week's great RD Wes Ball

 

Mud Pie in the middle and an actual Polar Bear

Arriving at Tring parkrun nice and early, I was set a challenge to get to the level of your regular
reports. That’s a bit of an 0820 ask for a 69th run report! Here goes.

We left south London at some early time in the morning. Sometimes things go wrong for parkrun
tourists who then discreetly reroute, but as Harriet WHITE was voluntouring, she had to be on time
and at the correct location. Her breakfast was the 225g digestive biscuits that I’d packed for her, and
she ate them slowly, broken into small pieces. My breakfast of preference, is glacé cherries but I
have to wash them to get rid of the sticky coating and chop them into small pieces so I’m safe to
eat and drive. I could eat a lot, but 65g seemed like a good compromise.

Tring parkrun is pretty easy to find – we plugged the postcode in and arrived in good time. I’d
vaguely heard of the Natural History museum and the parking is in their carpark. We arrived at the
bridge where the volunteers first meet to carry the kit, returned to the carpark to park, back to the
steps and the volunteers had vanished. We walked up the steps and through the park, paralleling the
A41 (the busy road) and suddenly there was welcome high viz.

It was a raw morning with a lazy wind, the sort that’s too idle to go around a shivering parkrunner: I
was so pleased to have lots of layers on and to see the groundsheet for kit.

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Many thanks to all of our volunteers this week, including our wonderful Pacers

The funnel was completely staffed by under 18 volunteers, which was very exciting and a very first
experience for Harriet. Every time I see young people having fun volunteering and helping putting
parkrun on in 2019, I feel proud to be part of this movement/activity/event. Standing for a moment
on my soapbox, under 18 volunteers who have a good time as parkrun volunteers will volunteer for
other groups, or even parkrun, in the future. Thank you for nurturing them.

The current course (rather than the 115g mixed dried fruit course!) is an out and back. I gave up my
coat reluctantly but by the time I’d achieved that first hill I was melting… in fact melting like 175g of
butter in a saucepan
. By the time I’d achieved the turn around point and a big high five to Chris
MILLAR, I was properly warm... though still thinking of a hot chocolate made with 2-3tbsp of
drinking chocolate, added to the melted butter
. Turning around, the trip down the hill was very
pleasant and I remembered to look at the view. I wasn’t going to catch Michael PEMBERTON in
arbitrary position (115g of caster sugar mixed into the pan). (Mix all the listed ingredients in the
saucepan and put into a lined pan, 20-23 cm diameter)
.

Mixing it up today at Tring were pacers for times of 24 mins to 40 mins. I was impressed at the attempts to pace on a hilly course – though in the first kilometre or so there were pacer tops together and I wasn’t quite sure in which order 36,38 and 40 were. Even though it was chill, and the very early course inspectors had arrived early, there were few who spent more than 2 hours in the cold; indeed, the tail walker came in under the hour. The mud is starting to settle in and the needed trail shoes were covered.

Once finished we had cake. A welcome and wonderful array of cakes from the 3 people achieving
100 today. Kevin DANCE, Katie VAN DE LINDE and Sarah FOSKETT.

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An especially impressive stash of cake and other yummies this week. We loved them.
Follow the clues in the write-up to make one of them! :-)

Kit lifted, we traipsed down the hill and off to the Akeman for a nice hot chocolate – possibly not
made by melting 200g of milk chocolate over boiling water and smooth over the chilled mixture.
However, it is important to warm up those who ran and got chilled again.

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An actual Polar Bear - in Tring museum

After breakfast we strolled back to the car via the museum. The first thing I saw was the polar bear
in the glass cabinet. Did you see that Bradford parkrun allegedly cancelled last week because: “There
are polar bears on the path. Actual polar bears!”? Well, Tring parkrun is much closer to having an
actual polar bear permanently a few metres from the start and a fake fake Dodo. We have to come back in the sun to run the full course, not one that is chopped into pieces – and can’t wait.

Thank you.

Pippa White (Queen Elizabeth)
 
 

PS - A brief additional word from the Stat-O-Matic

Early Feb with its cold weather and dropping of New Years Resolutions is always a low attendance time at Tring parkrun, usually only equaled by mid-December Xmas shopping weeks. So no surprise that with 201 runners, this was the lowest number so far in 2019. That said it was still a lot more than the same week in 2016 when we saw our lowest ever turnout of 84

Aesthetic times - On the ascending parkrun number 234 Charles Ashwell and Moira Douglas both managed the descending times of 43:21 and Emma Young recorded 34:34 (I.e. 2 34s on parkrun 234)

“Son” was a popular syllable with the 3 most seen surnames this week, with 4 each, being Ireson, Hanson and Patterson.

After 17 weeks our year 5 100% club is down to 4 members – so Peter Leigh, Holly Bunn, Helen Page and Louise Bladen will be carefully watching each other’s holiday plans!
 

PPS

You can find out more about Tring parkrun and see all of our photographs and videos on our Facebook page here.

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

We encourage all parkrunners to volunteer a few times a year. If you can help on any future date, or would like to find out more about our volunteer and helper roles, please email us at tring@parkrun.com.

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast.

 
 

 

IMPORTANT Feb 2nd parkrun

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Many local parkruns have already cancelled due to snow and ice.

We carried out a walking review or our winter route and believe we can go ahead BUT it's a close call and we will review again tomorrow at 7am and post a final decision on our Facebook page at 8am.
 
 

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING

If we go ahead.....

  • Access to the park over the "curly" A41 bridge is already very icy, as are the steps up from Hastoe Lane. Take extra care.
  • The parkrun route is quite slippy in places (although not icy) and takes a lot more energy than usual to run/walk.
  • We strongly recommend the use of trail shoes or other running/walking shoes with deep tread and/or good grip.
  • Please arrive EARLY and please make a point of listening to the briefings.
  • The Museum Car Park on Hastoe Lane will be closed (it's very icy) so please arrive on foot and/or car share AND please allow time to park in the town and walk up to the park.
  • Because of the conditions there will be no Pacers tomorrow.

 
 

Feb2 parking

 

 

Tring 232 – Through a volunteer’s eyes

 

Introducing.......

This week's run report is brought to you by one of our excellent DofE volunteers - Ciara Powell.

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Since October I've been volunteering at Tring parkrun and this week was the last for my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. During this time, I have taken part with many roles including bar code scanning, car park marshal, finish tokens, course set up and many more.

parkrun has helped grow my confidence in public situations and has also managed to force me out the house before 8am on a Saturday morning. If you are interested in helping, speak to the RD on Saturday morning or you can email tringhelpers@parkrun.com.

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Ciara's "badges" for volunteering. Can you figure out which is which?

 

Although it was freezing, the 26th of January wasn't as bad as any other January day. The conditions may however be worse this week since it could snow, so check the weather before you start your journey to Tring Park.

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Runnin' up that hill

 

A huge well done to all 254 runners this week:

First male was Roland KEMP in 20:32, and first female Mary WARD in 23:28. Congratulations to Chris WILCOCK for achieving his 50 shirt (and getting within 1 second of his PB); George WILLIMENT for volunteering 25 times; Ewan MAXWELL for finishing 8th on his 8th parkrun, and 4 PBs in 4 weeks for Garry STROUD and 3 in 3 weeks for Ian SLOAN. Full results are on the Tring Parkrun web page.

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Fantastic, photoframe, fun.

 

Angus EVANS becomes the 77th person to run 77 times at Tring. No stranger to this award, he was the 47th to run 47 times and 48th to run 48. And Samantha HOLLIER becomes the 141st person to run 50 times at Tring.

Minute 27 was the busiest minute with 24 runners. Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest improvers were Emily SCOTT (1:25), Charles ASHWELL (1:11), George BUDD (0:53), Katie YOUNG (0:50), and Shaun O'CONNOR (0:50).

And finally, thanks to the team of volunteers who make it all possible. This week, they were: Susan BIRCH, Marcus BIRCH, Andrew BOOTH, Pauline BROWN, Harry T BRYANT, Dominic CECERE, Shane CHEUNG, Shelley DEVERALL-ROBERTS, Ken DOUGLAS, Gary EVANS, Ann-Marie EVANS, Andy EVANS, George FLETCHER, Samuel FRYER, Katie HAINES, Jasmine MARGETTS, Edward MARGETTS, Isobel MONKS, Chris NICHOLLS, Robert NORRIS, Thomas PAGE, Maura PATTERSON, Jim PATTERSON, Ciara POWELL, Claudia SELINA, Emma SMITH, Ella VAN DE LINDE, Oliver WEST, Chris WILLIAMSON and Allison WILLIMENT.

See you on Saturday!

Ciara Powell

 
 

PS

You can find out more about Tring parkrun and see all of our photographs and videos on our Facebook page here.

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

We encourage all parkrunners to volunteer a few times a year. If you can help on any future date, or would like to find out more about our volunteer and helper roles, then - as Ciara mentioned - please email us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com.

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast.

 

Tring 230 – Inspiration, Levitation and Perspiration

 

Inspiration

Both Tring parkrun and our very own Wes Ball got several great mentions on Ed Milliband and Geoff Llyod's excellent podcast "Reasons to be cheerful". We were hoping Ed would join us in Tring for his first parkrun but (perhaps sensibly) he opted for a local one instead. You can hear their great account of parkrun in general and also one of the best interviews I've heard with parkrun's CEO Nick Pearson. Click on the image below or here to listen to "Born to (park)run - Geoff and Ed's Excellent Adventure".

Born to (park)run

 
If you subscribe to the weekly parkrun email you will have noticed we were featured twice in parkrun's new training guide. In the first of a four part series "hill training" was highlighted and where better than our very "undulating" park? For those with a new year resolution to improve your parkrun pace you can find the article here (or click on the picture below).

Hill Training

 

On the topic of new year resolutions, it seems that more than ever have resolved to attend parkrun in 2019. Across the world we saw a surge of participants after new year and this weekend saw further huge increases Click here to see more about UK records. You can zoom into the map and click on Tring for a summary of our event.

 

Levitation

On the topic of attendance records, Saturday was the first time ever we've had more than 300 parkrunners three weeks in a row.

It will be interesting to see how much we've been helped by the dry and relatively mild weather. I've been walking and running in Tring Park for 30 years and can't recall ever seeing the paths so mud free in mid January. Next weekend (Jan 19th) is due to be freezing cold and the week after has heavy snow forecast - it will be interesting to see if our numbers remain high.

In preparation for the anticipated wintery conditions some have been practicing the art of floating over the expected mire rather than plodding through it.

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Inspired levitation at the Summer House, mid parkrun, by Dom Evans

 
No less bestowed with magical powers were our lighter than air volunteers this week, thank you to Marcia QUINN, Liz DANIEL, Gary EVANS, Mary WARD, Richard ALCOCK, Robert ALCOCK, Trevor LARK, Patrick MCLOUGHLIN, Michael WARD, Tom BROOKES, Izzy BROOKES, Harry BROOKES, Jos BARTLETT, Andrew POWELL, Oliver WEST, Thomas PAGE, Ciara POWELL, Isobel MONK, Greg LEFF, Anna HANSON, Robert NORRIS, Frances LEFF and Howie BECK.

Special thanks, in particular, to Howie and Ciara who have completed their Duke of Edinburgh volunteer stints - we really appreciate all of the help, magical or otherwise.

Now if we can just find a way to levitate all of our parkrun kit it would save a lot of early Saturday morning huffing and puffing.

And while we're at it, a magical and foolproof way to process our results would be welcome too! Our high numbers have compounded the usual little trip-ups. I'm well aware that at the busiest time, despite two people on finish tokens, it was impossible to hand them out fast enough and that the mouth of the finish funnel got very backed up. Sorry about that! We've had a meeting of the committee and we've passed a resolution - next week will make a few more changes to the shape and length of the funnel etc. to improve things. Additional measures include using drones to hunt down Funnel Duckers and make them run the entire course again! Twice! :-)

 

Perspiration

Lots of great efforts and large amounts of energy expended this week across the board, including by our 14 first time parkrunners: Juliet PENALIGGON, Mark WILLIAMS, Amber PENALIGGON, Grant NEWMAN, Richard MURRAY, Sarah BRIDGE, Mark PARKINS, Roddy TAYLOR, Jackie SHEPHERD, Deborah LEA, Jacob LEA, Ian STACEY, Graham CAMPBELL and Christine DENNIS. Welcome to them all.

This week we celebrated four parkrunners reaching important milestones. Congratulations to:

  • Kirstie NEWMAN who reached the lofty height of 100 parkuns and "wins" a covetted black parkrun T-shirt.
  • Ann-Marie EVANS and Charlie Scott who both reached their 50th parkruns and will be rewarded with red parkrun T-shirts.
  • And Oliver IRESON completed his 10th, with a PB too, and earns a white T-shirt.

 

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Anne-Marie was one of four runners this week reaching an important milestone

We also had another PB-fest. In total 58 people recorded Personal Best times. It's worth taking a closer look....

  • It was really great to see ALL of our new runners (those that started at Tring this year, who also ran on Saturday) get a PB: Ian WHITING, Charlotte UTTING, Chris BALL, Mike HOLDROYD and Leah HOLDROYD. Great stuff.
  • And a special mention to Gavin BASHFORD, Marcus DAVIS, Charles ASHWELL who joined us in the Christmas period and also got PBs.
  • Streaks of PBs take some doing and so a special "well done" and congratulations to Moira DOUGLAS for her 5th successive PB.
  • Also on PB streaks were Claire ASHWELL (4 in 4) and 2 in 2 for Christopher IRESON, Christophe BEVAN, Emily SCOTT, Brian McGINNITY, Gary STROUD, Matthew SKELDING, Jennifer SCOTT, Millie WELLER, Oliver IRESON and Patrick McLOUGHLIN.
  • In addition we saw 5PBs in his last 5 appearances for Richard CASELEY, 3 in 3 for Charlotte BAILEY, Shane CHEUNG and Fiona TRINDER.
  • Alice WRIGHT set a new SW20-24 all time record, beating her own PB by 24 seconds. Congratulations - what a great result
  • Of those who have run 5+ times at Tring, the biggest improvers were Enid FLEETWOOD (1:55), Moira DOUGLAS (1:47), Thierry CHAUSSALET (1:31), Rachel STANLEY (1:28), Millie WELLER (1:13). That's impressive!
  • Both of our first finishers recorded PBs too. Seb BRUMMELL with a time of 19:52 and Alice WRIGHT who knocked 24 seconds off her last PB set on New Years Day

 

4 days
Amanda was the first person in history to accumulate 4 solid days of Tring parkrun time!!

This week we really do have an eye-opening "random stat":

  • Amanda RUSSELL becomes the 1st person, who if all her parkruns were a continuous event, would have spent 4 days running with us. In total 14 have passed 3 days, 49 have passed 2 days and138, 1 day.
  • We saw the surname Myatt for the 200th time, Fleming and Jones for the 100th, Bryant, Killin, Lloyd-Evans and Deverall-Roberts all for the 50th but it was Evans with 6 that we saw most of on Saturday.
  • The 1st time we have seen 3 Noahs, 2 Jacobs and 2 Juliets and the 1st time we have seen the name Roddy.
  • Minute 26 was the busiest minute with 31 runners which was a record for Minute 26. (It felt like 131!)
  • We saw the Beccles and Bungay Harriers club for the 1st time.

And so there you have it for another week.

Look out your thermals for the weeks ahead!!

The Tring parkrun team

 

PS

You can find out more about Tring parkrun and see all of our photographs and videos on our Facebook page here.

You can see our current volunteer roster here.

We encourage all parkrunners to volunteer a few times a year. If you can help on any future date, or would like to find out more about our volunteer and helper roles, please email us at tringhelpers@parkrun.com.

We now have two excellent parkrun podcasts available each week. "Free Weekly Timed" is the official parkrun podcast with Vassos Alexander and Louise Ayling. We also have "With Me Now" with Danny Norman and Nicola Forwood which is an independent parkrun-based podcast.

 
 

PPS

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Tring's winter course described in a single picture.
Thanks to Andy for the spot!

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

2018: A year in the life of Tring parkrun

 

Thank you for another amazing Tring parkrun year

What a fantastic year 2018 was for the Tring parkrun community: 54 parkrun events, 12296 individual parkruns, 1352 volunteer roles filled, an immeasurable number of new friendships forged, and many wonderful memories created.

It's been quite a journey, these last twelve months.

  • We've endured the extremes of the seasons - mud, snow, rain, wind, heat and parched earth.
  • We've run four different versions of our weekly 5k course.
  • We've witnessed multiple milestones being set and records falling a plenty.
  • We've had cake, dressing-up, musical marshals, bovine antics, special occasions and more cake.
  • We avoided being embroiled in egg-gate but couldn't avoid cow-magedon.

 

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Tring parkrunners turned out every single weekend without fail, regardless of the weather.

We've continued to grow and involve more people of all ages and abilities throughout the year. Even in the depths of winter our lowest number was 139 (see the March write-up) and our maximum was an amazing 353 reached on the very first day of the year!

 

Tring parkrun 2018 as seen by the amazing stat-o-matic (part 1)

Throughout the year Event Director Andy Evans' trusty PC has whirred and chugged and fascinated us with the most obscure of stats, facts and figures. We can therefore add a bit of colour to the attendance numbers above.

In the table below you can see our growth over the last full four years. Last year we grew by 10% and averaged an amazing 228 parkrunners each week. This is all the more impressive considering that wonderful Wendover parkrun, just a few km away, has started during this period too.

Total numbers compared

Looking at the age profile for the barcoded runners in a typical week, the numbers for those aged under 40 have stayed broadly the same whereas the over-40s have increased by 20% (see table below). We see much the same with parkrun-club/T-shirts that our runners qualified for, with the proportion of new runners staying much the same whilst the average proportion of 50 and particularly 100-club members continues to grow.

age profiles compared

Perhaps not surprisingly our average run time continues to increase (a trend seen across parkrun as a whole) - which is good. In 2015 the average time was 29:25, it rose to 30:03 and further to 30:42 in 2016/17 and last year grew to 30:47. As an aside this is 2 minutes 16 seconds slower than the UK parkrun average - a reflection of the effort required to tackle our hills.

Further evidence of our growing maturity is that the number of new runners, visitors and PBs are all quite static but the growth is in regular running without the elusive PB.

maturity compared

And while we are on the topic of PBs.....where, during the year, were they earned?

PB distribution

Early summer and September were (as is usually the case) the best PB months. December did not see much of a drop-off in part because our temporary winter course is a bit faster and also because compared to previous years most of December has been quite dry. (2019 is likely be very different because of the dry conditions experienced so far - in fact we equalled the total number of 2018 January PBs in one week alone).

 

Month by month, season by season.

The following is a quick whizz through the year. You can click on the title of each month for a shortcut to the actual run write-ups.

January - a BIG start to the year.
We had a 10:30 start on January 1st and were joined by an amazing 353 parkrunners (our second highest number ever). Many were "doing the double" from Aylesbury (96), Gadebridge (46), Ellenbrook (2) and Cassiobury (1).

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It was muddy but many seemed to quite like that - Lucy and William being two fine examples!

Apart from that January was generally wet and muddy and a real trial for many a New Year resolution! Amazingly we had quite a lot of visitors join us because it was muddy. Seasoned XC runners loved it, the kids loved it, actually it wasn't too bad.

However not everyone agreed entirely, as words from the RD's write-ups showed. From Wes: “Wow, what a morning. Now I quite like volunteering, but even the most diehard of hi-vis wearing hero was probably thinking ‘It’s pretty wet and cold out here mind'". And from Anna: "I am sure I speak for lots of us when I say thank goodness for the end of January"!
 
February - Mother Nature has a laugh.
Frankly February didn’t start much better, although later in the month we had some very pleasant mornings, pleasant enough for the dreaded, fate-tempting "maybe it'll be a short winter after all" thoughts to spring to mind!!

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Our milestone runners on run 181 were feeling the temperatures rising, and their hopes of the end of winter with it - wrong!!!

There's not much more to be said about February than that, really!
 
March - Did somebody say “British Summer Time?”
Blam!!
The "Beast from the East" arrived dramatically at the start of the month and the vast majority (almost 90%) of parkruns in the UK were cancelled. An intrepid advance party (Richard, Ken, Andy C and John Manning) braved the elements on the evening of Friday March 2nd and again on Saturday morning with the conclusion "it's OK - let's do it"!

Unfortunately many roads were impassable and thwarted the efforts of dozens to get to Tring Park. 139 runners and 20 volunteers did make it and - although hard going in places where the snow was deep - they were rewarded with a parkrun in the most magical, snowy landscape.

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King Charles Ride in the snow.

Of course all of the melting snow (on top of a layer of iced ground) then turned to even more mud. The path from Gate 1 to King Charles Ride shamed even the toughest of Tough Mudder obstacles.

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March was a muddy experience - but still fun!

By the end of the month we got British Summer Time. It sure didn't feel like it.
 
April - When RDs become Weather Gods.
April saw the most amazing transition. Winter vanished, flowers blossomed (tentatively at first) and by the end of the month the fabled 2018 heatwave had started - a meteorological occurrence that Chris Millar took full responsibility for in his mid April run report. And I quote: "it’s 6 months since I was run director and it feels like just as long since we had weather this nice at Tring parkrun. Coincidence? I think not." LOL!

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Spring flowers appeared within sight of the start line.

Temperatures were way above seasonal norms. No one was complaining. The park really started to come to life and before we knew it T-shirts and shorts were broken out for the first time in months, even for the relatively static finish line volunteers.

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It was great to see volunteers and runners alike in shorts and T-shirts and Tring Park blossoming fast.

May - A new course
May was stunning! The headline for the first run report was simply "Scorchio". Spring was in the air and the park was a delight. A week before the Royal Wedding we had our own special event - the coronation of our new course. To comply with a request from the land owners we moved the start/finish away from the Lime Tree Avenue. The reward was an even hillier Tring parkrun, dropping first into the valley before a long, long climb. The volunteers did a great job both of managing the new route and a new herd of young and very inquisitive cattle.

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A fast blossoming Tring Park was looking stunning in the Spring sunshine.

brilliant sunny start
The start line on the Lime Tree Avenue looked brilliant.

At the end of May the cows had got used to us (or bored by us), we were used to the new course and even a (now uncharacteristic) shower did nothing to dampen another great month in Tring Park.

temporary rain shelter
We discovered a new use for our trusty blue tarps during late May showers

 
June - Events, Milestones and Celebrations.
June was a big month for events: we joined the NHS70 celebrations, marked "This Girl Can" weekend, celebrated our 200th run and also the 250th parkrun of Run Director Harry Bryant.

The NHS run saw many outstanding costumes (including a buggy converted into a hospital bed, complete with IV drip - read/see more here) and was great fun.

We then marked "This Girl Can" with an almost entirely female volunteer team and a guest write-up from regular Tring parkrunner Philippa Storr. I love her introduction...
 
This girl didn’t think she could...
...even get to the finish line when I had to be dragged, crying, up Heartbreak Hill on my first ever parkrun.
...ever go sub-30 minutes.
…ever truly, hand on heart, say she enjoyed the first kilometre.
…ever get to 100 parkruns.
…ever be made to feel so welcomed and encouraged by such a great bunch of people.
But this girl, just an ordinary girl, can!

Thank you Philippa.
 

Congratulations to Harry
It was fantastic to see Harry, flanked by friends and family, complete his 200th parkrun.

Our own milestone was to hold our 200th parkrun. We ran the course in reverse to make the occasion. We also experienced a bit of cross-parkrun love. Great Notely parkrun created an MDF 200 sign for their own a few weeks before, since then it has travelled all over the UK and Ireland to other 200 anniversaries.

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Run Director Katie with the "wandering 200 sign"

You know we like our stats on this page and one from that 200th anniversary deserves special mention. Chris PARKER was at our 200th to run his 7th parkrun - and finished with a time of 20.07. How cool is that?
 
July - Cowmagedon, was it the heat?
July was HOT. We had our warmest ever parkruns - more than once finishing in temperatures nearer 30 than 20 by just 10am. The Park started to look more like the African savannah. Cows and volunteers alike were actively seeking shade by the end of several events.

At the start of the month (run 201, 7th July) Tring parkrun was honoured by an air force team from Halton carrying the RAF100 Baton as it neared the end of a relay round the UK to mark their centenary.

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The RAF team joined on the hottest parkrun ever at Tring

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Tring Park looking more like African Savannah

We had our own "fake moos" incident too. After weeks of staying well clear the Tring Park cattle decided that the 28th July was the day to "play" with our brand new poles and markers! They got shouted at!! Have you ever seen a herd of cows look sheepish?

cowmagedon

 
August - Clubs and YOPA visit.
The heat abated in August, but it was still warm and the Park still parched. The month got off to a flying start with Pacer week that coincided with Tring Running Club using us as part of their Off Road Championships and we were also visited by groups from both the Harpenden Arrows and Garden City Runners, so numbers were relatively high for the vacation season.

August Pacers
A great Pacer team, sporting our lovely new blue pacer bibs

During the year we were visited my several members of local councils, who have been very supportive of us and parkrun in general. Towards the end of the month the mascot of Hertfordshire's "Year of Physical Activity" (YOPA) paid us a visit and was great fun.

YOPA visits
YOPA donned a hi-viz vest and joined the week's brilliant volunteers.

 
September - Families, cake and a new course record.
With the kids back at school and the weather being "PB friendly" we saw lots of families out running together and lot's of new records too. Run 213 at the end of the month saw 48 PBs and an amazing new course record of just 16:21 set by Kristian JONES (and, yes, on the flat he's nearly 2 minutes faster than that!).

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A great start to "PB month".
Millie, just ahead of proud mum, ran a PB time that improved by almost 3 mins

Looking back through the run reports it's notable how often cake gets a mention and the 22nd of Sep was a fine example. Lynda Hembury (our course age-category record holder) completed her 100th parkrun and her daughter baked special cakes to celebrate. They looked too good to eat, but we did eat them - and they tasted even better!

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Lynda Hembury's daughter, Hannah, baked the most wonderful cakes for everyone to enjoy

 
October - Our world of Interpretive Dance.
We’ve had many great run reports including Andy Evan's April 1st classics, write-ups featuring Winnie the Pooh, Star Wars, Spaced out Bovines and more. We've even had a report written by Andy Colling's Dog. Wes Ball however upped the bar not once but twice during the month.

Video run report
Click on the image to see Wes' great video run write-up

"National Album Day" (who knew?) coincided with parkrun 215 and Wes brilliantly incorporated the titles of his favourite 47 albums into the write-up "What's the story?".

In jest we challenged him to do the next as "a video run report in the form of interpretive dance". And he did!!!!!!! Fantastic stuff!

Halloween
The end of October brings Halloween and, as usual, we had a spooktacular array of fancy dress.

 
November - 4th birthday and Autumnal days.
At the start of the month we celebrated our 4th birthday with prize giving and (surprise) more cake! There was a lot to celebrate this month and of special note was Ron Yaxley reaching his 100th parkrun. He only came along one week to keep his granddaughter company when her parents were away.....and has been a regular attendee ever since.

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The youngest member of the Bladen family with grandfather Ron Yaxley.
He completed his 100th on the same day they reached a collective 500!

Tring Park was also in the process of hunkering down for winter and looked spectacular in its autumnal colours. Of course winter brings mud and (as you saw in the March section above) the prospect of a challenge up through the trees above "Gate 1".

This is an area of Special Scientific Interest and until such time as they can figure out what to do with that path in the winter the Woodland trust asked us to not run there. So we devised a temporary "out and back" route along the ancient Ridgeway with a killer first hill! It would get its first airing earlier than expected after the days of heavy rain at the end of the month.

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Yet again Tring Park was looking glorious, with our pregnant cows softly munching on the autumnal hillside.

 
December - Hoots and routes.
The first week of December was a bit miserable weather wise - it coincided with our first use of our temporary winter course and our mad celebration of St Andrews Day - the "Tring kilted parkrun". It was great to see so many regular Tring parkrunners and visitors decked in tartan and anything else vaguely Scottish (inflatable bagpipes even!!)

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Just two great examples of the effort so many went to for the kilted parkrun. Thank you Kevin and Len.

Later in December, of course, we had our festive runs, including our extra on Christmas Day itself. As with other special events the turn out of runners in fancy dress and costumes was a wonder to behold.

 

Tring parkrun 2018 as seen by the amazing stat-o-matic (part 2)

Let's finish off with another rummage in Tring parkrun's databanks. We've seen (in part 1 above) how our numbers have grown and changed over 4 years. The following table and chart show the proportion that, through the year as a whole, completed 5,10, 20, 30, 40 or more parkruns at Tring.

How many how often

While the numbers running 30+ times stayed static we saw a large growth in those running 10-30 times. Given that our numbers are rising steadily what could be the reasons for this? We're not quite sure but it's likely that "parkrun tourism" might have something to do with it.....we see more people, with Tring as their "home run", travelling to and enjoying parkruns elsewhere in the UK and the world!

How many how often chart

There was a time when running clubs weren't quite sure what to make of parkrun. Now most clubs have seen their numbers grow as parkrunners have "got the running bug" and/or want the opportunity to run with others mid week. We have a great relationship with the very friendly and welcoming Tring Running Club (TRC). They, in turn, now included Tring parkrun as part of their annual "offroad championship" series of runs in 2018 and have their own parkrun tourism group too.

clubs compared

The table above shows how many parkruns were run by each club. On the Run Aylesbury jumped from 8th to 4th, Bearbrook entered the top 3 and Shires Triers and DofE were new entries to the Top10.
A weekly stat-o-matic favourite is the names-game!

Looking first at surnames - it was the first year that Evans hasn't topped the table with an overtaking manoeuvre by Bladen on the last parkrun of the year. New names to enter the Top 10 include Williams, Roberts, Hanson and Storr.

names compared

For Male first names it's Paul that has taken the lead and James replaces Richard in the top 3. Mark and Tom are new entries into the Top10.

Male first names

For females, Helen has just overtaken Sarah and Isobel has replaced Louise in the top 3. New entries into the Top10 include Lucy, Charlotte and Emma.

female first names

With Claire becoming a mum at the end of 2018, Scarlett took over with the highest number of fastest runs. Chris being away at uni meant that it was a close lead for Tom and Matthew. As for Age Grade % Lynda had an impressive lead.

Speedy times

 

Stopwatch Bingo has become "a thing" with the followers of parkrun's unofficial challenges. How many different seconds did you tick off in 2018? See the tables below for the top results at Tring in 2018 and previous years.

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On the left: seconds "earned" in 2018,
on the right the seconds recorded across all years

We're quite impressed by these. It takes on average 281 parkruns to complete StopWatch Bingo. Louise is seriously challenging the laws of probability - she has only 1 to go and had completed "only" 182 parkruns at the end of 2018. Will she be the first to see all 60? Or will she have to wait 2 years for the elusive missing second!!
 
Onto "Steady Eddies", those who ran 20 or more in the year and have the least variance in their times compared to their 2018 average pace. The Lower the % the more consistent the times. We're impressed by these too - well done to all.

steady eddies

 

And so that brings us to the end of our review of 2018.
 
What a great year, thank you all for helping make Tring parkrun a happy place on Saturday mornings.

 
The Tring parkrun team

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Tring 228 – New Year’s Day plus the double plus the double plus

 

Happy New Year everyone

Tring parkrun wishes you all the very best for 2019

If our first parkrun of the year had been a firework it would have been one of those huge starbursts that go "BOOOOM!"

Despite our non-traditional, early start we enjoyed our third largest turnout ever - an amazing 344 people. At least 79 of these were first timers and many had already driven quite a distance to be with us. Impressive dedication.

I enjoyed chatting to a few folks who had driven up from (flat) Marlow, arriving to do the (very hilly) Tring/Wendover double but there were so many people at Wendover (more on that later) that I didn't get the chance to see how they got on.

It was also really lovely to see our current female course record holder Claire HALLISSEY with her beautiful new baby, Brandon, who is just 2 weeks old. They came to say hello and, small though he is, I'm pretty sure I saw Brandon eyeing up the Lime Tree Avenue and thinking - "maybe mum will give me a very fast push down there later in the year!!" :-)

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Chris Booth led this weeks pack from start to finish.

Conditions were surprisingly good: it was mild, dry, still, and "Cow Pat Ally" was thankfully not an assault course hazard. This helped an impressive 42 ("the answer to the question......") people record Personal Bests.

Among them was first finisher Chris Booth (back in home territory after university) who posted an impressively symmetrical time of 18:18. I might have been still more impressed if he'd posted a time of 19:19 or, better still, 20:19! And if Steve Oglesby had contrived to be just 2 seconds slower he'd have recorded 20:19 and won this week's prize for the coolest time (if not this year's!!)!

Chris went to to be second finisher at Wendover with an even faster time of 17:41!

On the topic of which 200 people ran BOTH at Tring and Wendover (doing "the double"). Of these, roughly 25 ran between the courses and approx half a dozen biked it (doing "the double plus"). Several started at Wendover or Tring and effectively did a Half Marathon loop. See pic below!!! We also had runners "do a double" with Cassiobury and Houghton Hall.

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Our very own Chris Millar ran from Wendover to Tring, did Tring parkrun (his 50th there, with a course PB), then ran back to Wendover and did Wendover parkrun (also with a PB).
He is convalescing at home and has asked that people do not send flowers and that the press respects his privacy.

 

Coming back to Wendover. Wow! If we were a starburst that goes boom, they were an entire fireworks display to eclipse London's. Excluding the recent "parkrun tourist excursion" (which set their previous attendance record) FIVE times more than normal people turned up. An incredible 460 parkrunners stress tested the Forestry Commission's parking system (!!) and very nearly the parkrun system too (our normal timers only go up to 500 and Wendover's highest plastic finish token was 440). We acknowledge and are thankful for the Wendover team's heroic efforts. Safe to say the New Year Day Double (NYDD) has become "a thing"!

I know we say this every week, but our volunteers over "the holidays" were stars. Several gave up the opportunity to "do the double" and stepped up because we were shorthanded. Everyone of them deserves our special thanks. The setup team, the marshals (thanks for the Scottish refrains at the Obelisk, Jim) our Finish Line Team and Tail Walkers and the Post-Event team who had everything packed and cleared in the blink of an eye. Last but not least was Andy Evans our RD - who managed a run at Wendover and processed the results on our temporary computer.

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Just some of the 26 volunteers that made our morning happen: Andy EVANS • Tom NORTH • Clive COHEN • Emma BISGROVE • Louise QUINN • Emma SMITH • Anna FRYER • Samuel FRYER • Gary EVANS • Ken DOUGLAS • James MAPLE • Katrina BOND • Stuart PAGE • Annemarie DE BOOM • Louise BROOKES • Greg MITCHELL • Juliet MITCHELL • Chris NICHOLLS • Joseph FRYER • Andrew POWELL • Markus KINCH • Ros EVENSON • Nika JACKSON-MOORE • Neil ADCOCK • Heather PAINTER • Shane CHEUNG

 

It was a special day to run a milestone parkrun, especially if doing the double. (It does make it tricky figuring out the details from the results page though).

  • Edward MARGETTS and Julie PARRY both had a fantastic start to their year with a 50 milestone at Tring.
  • Tim FOWLER and Nick BALDING also ran their 50th at Tring and went on to their 51st at Wendover.
  • Steve ALLEN and Nigel WIGGINS ran their 49th at Tring and followed up with a 50th at Wendover. What a way to start the year!
  • Rebecca WHITWORTH ran her 100th at Tring and went on to 101 at Wendover as did Paul BOLTON.
  • Helen PAGE marked her 99th at Tring and her 100th at Wendover.

Congratulations to them all.
 

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You can see a "flyby" video of Tring, Wendover and the run between of those on Strava by clicking on the map above.

 

As usual we have a feast of stats to shed further light on the morning:

  • First timer Glen STILLMAN crossed the line in 36th position and became our 40,000 finisher. In doing so he also became the first (and only) person to have brought the total distance run at Tring parkrun to 200,000km!
  • James REPPER (2nd finisher) - 3PBs in 3 appearances, in 3 different years!
  • Alice WRIGHT (first female finisher) - PB on her first visit here since mid-2017.
  • Andy COLLINGS - first PB since mid 2015 and he went on to another PB at Wendover too!
  • Deirdre HEYDECKER - first PB since mid 2015
  • Hortense SEED, Andy BELL, Gayle WILLINGTON, Fiona TRINDER, Matt ASHMEAD and Sarah ASHMEAD all recorded 2PBs in 2 appearances at Tring.
  • Claire ASHWELL, Ffion WEBSTER and Tracy WEBSTER all recorded 2PBs in 2 straight Tring parkruns.
  • I'm especially happy to say that Moira DOUGLAS recorded her 3rd straight PB with a fantastic time, nordic walking.
  • NOTE: More will be published here later after the stat-o-matic has whirred out its results!

 

birthday
Some even celebrated a birthday too on New Years Day. Many happy returns.

anyones guess
No idea wwhat's going on here. But I liked the pic! :-)

 

That's it for this week. Back to normality on Saturday the 5th.

And we'll publish our promised "Tring parkrun review of 2018" at the weekend too.

Best wishes for 2019

The Tring parkrun team

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